How to Keep a Job
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More conventional wisdom from Coronet presented through the use of the classic "Goofus and Gallant" device.
Ken Smith sez: "Ed" is a teen seeking employment at the "Star Products Company." His interviewer, Mr. Wiley, is a little leery of Ed, since the brash teen had the audacity to quit his prior job. "Nobody thinks very much of a man who talks against the company he works for," Mr. Wiley explains. However, Ed "might really amount to something," so Mr. Wiley tells him the story of identical twins Bob and Walter Anderson, who worked in the Star Products shipping room. Through the miracle of split screen photography (pretty daring for Coronet), we see that teen actor Bob is presentable and conscientious (he gets a promotion) while identical teen actor Walter is sloppy and ungrateful (he gets the boot). "Wouldn't you like to have Bob working for you?" asks Mr. Wiley. Ed is humbled and promises to be a good corporate man from now on. Let's hope he didn't rush out and buy a suit jacket with lapels as wide as Mr. Wiley's.
The boss of The Star Products Co., to answer some questions to the young man, Ed, that he is interviewing, provides the example of Bob and Walter, two identical twins in the shipping department of his company. The young men on the job are pictured as he describes the activities of a good employee, Bob, a dependable "eager beaver" and Walter, the example of how "not to keep a job". Dependability, Cooperation, Initiative, and Loyalty are emphasized.
Punching a time clock
Close-up of termination notice
Close-ups of man's footsteps
Close-up of circling a job opportunity in the want ads for Star Products Co.
Close-up of Application for Employment, signing name
Close-up of form being put into slot of "Employee's Suggestion Box"
Careers Jobs Workers Labor Work Unemployment Surrealism Strangeness Camera Stunts Gimmicks Tricks
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Subject: Not bad...
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Subject: Not since <i>The Usual Suspects</i>
Wiley continues playing his little cat-and-mouse game with Ed throughout the film, seeming to care deeply about the boy, but in the end, he has been played again. Brothers vanish and are reinvented, and Wiley is revealed to be a master manipulator on the level of Kaiser Soze.
Subject: The scope of Coronet actors
A young man goes to apply for a job, he didn't like his old job and he was fired. The employer-to-be relates the story of the twin brothers. This is sort of a goofus and Gallant type of story, where one guy does everything right, while the other slacks off. A pretty good film, with a pretty stupid twist ending..
Subject: How to Keep a Job
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on The Educational Archives, Vol. 4: On the Job.
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